Join Brittany Clause, Youth Navigator for Fort Erie Friendship Centre and Michaela Kills Enemy from the Fort Erie Native Friendship Centre as they share stories of the Haudenosaunee people.

Haudenosaunee People, also commonly known as the Iroquois (People of the Longhouse), use stories as a way to continue teaching and orally passing down original traditions and original living concepts to ensure their way of life and traditional values are honored, upheld and sustained by each generation of its bonded six nations (Cayuga, Oneida, Mohawk, Onondaga, Seneca and Tuscarora).  The Haudenosaunee also use stories and teachings in metaphorical ways to describe their political alliance, and its spirit of togetherness it can foster between Indigenous and Non-Indigenous communities.

Brittany Clause is 29 years old, Cayuga, wolf clan, who belongs to Upper Cayuga’s Sour Springs Longhouse in Six Nations, Ohsweken, Ontario. She is the oldest daughter of Patrick & Yvette Clause, wife to Blue Hill, and mother to her two sons Hensley and Riseley.

Brittany graduated from Notre Dame College Prep School May 2008, earning her high-school diploma along with Most Valuable Graduating Player of Notre Dames Women’s Field Lacrosse Program. Women’s field lacrosse has given Brittany many amazing experiences and has helped her reach some of her most rewarding accomplishments. Following high school, Brittany enrolled at Onondaga Community College, where she became apart of OCC’s first NJCAA team roster as a starting defensemen. In her inaugural season she unexpectedly captured the 2009 NJCAA Championship Title. Brittany graduated from OCC with her associates degree in Liberal Arts, with a Provost Honor, as well as achieving personal rewards from the OCC Women’s Lacrosse Program, 3x All American Awards; 2nd. Team NJCAA Region 3, All-Region & 1st Team All Mid-State Athletic Conference.

Aside from Brittany’s collegiate accomplishments, her most admirable athletic achievement is having the highest honor of being apart of the first existing Haudenosaunee Women’s World Cup Team that was sanctioned by the Hereditary Confederacy Council, which allowed our Haudenosaunee women to compete at an international competition level in the 2007 World Cup Tournament.

Brittany graduated from State University of New York College at Buffalo with a Deans List Honor and her B.S in Health Sciences, May 2013. In April 2013, Brittany competed and graciously completed the Gathering of Nations, Miss Indian World Pageant in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Brittany competed along with fifteen other contestants and achieved “The Best Dancer Award” and proudly represents Miss Indian Worlds First Runner Up 2013. Brittany’s platform promoted Aboriginal Women Empowerment while representing the Haudenosaunee People throughout the entire pageant.

Brittany has an interest in modeling and acting. She worked with Top Native Fashion Designer Angela Montigny for Angela’s collection “Young Native” which was showcased at various fashion venues. 2012, Brittany was casted to work on set of the movie Crooked Arrows as a featured cheerleader. Brittany also walked for the Buffalo Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, and worked along with Aboriginal singer and artist Inez Jasper, starring in Inez’s “Burn Me Down” music video.

Brittany currently now works for Fort Erie Native Friendship Centre, fulfilling the Youth Navigator position. A steward to Indigenous youth, helping to improve the health, wellness and stability of youth, helping youth identify their purpose, while providing front line cultural supports to strengthen spirits. While balancing her career, and motherhood, Brittany is an aspiring wellness entrepreneur paired with a health and nutrition company, empowering women to reclaim their health, self love, and confidence.

Michaela Kills Enemy, RECE is 22 years old, Sicangu Lakota, from the Rosebud Sioux Tribe of South Dakota. She was born and raised in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada.

Michaela graduated from Stamford Collegiate in 2015, earning her high school diploma.

She was then involved in the Job Placement program through Niagara College, called “Experience Ontario”. This 9-month placement program encourages high school graduates to explore the workforce and fields that may interest them, which also aids in making a decision for post-secondary. There were 3 placements, each 3 months in duration.

When she came across the Fort Erie Native Friendship Centre as a possible “host site”, she knew she had to go and see it!

The first was Tshikeksa’: (A working team consisting of 3 programs: Aboriginal Family Support, Prenatal & Child and Family Resource), the second was Youth Navigator, and the third was Health Outreach.

Once her placements ended, she was asked if she was interested to continue her employment at the Fort Erie Native Friendship Centre as the Facilitator for Summer Culture Camp in 2016.

She graciously accepted, but as a prerequisite to the position, had to be enrolled in post-secondary for September 2016.

With the new-found experiences through her previous placements at the Fort Erie Native Friendship Centre, she quickly realized her heart and spirit clearly belonged to work with children.

She wanted nothing more than to continue to encourage children to be proud of who they are, true to who they are, to nurture, educate, and show them love as our future generations.

So, she took her heart and applied, then was accepted in 2016 to the 2-year Early Childhood Education program offered at Niagara College. 

She graduated Niagara College in 2018 as a Registered Early Childhood Educator and returned to the Fort Erie Native Friendship Centre (at the same time). Returning to where she began, where her passions were found, and where she belonged…The Tshikeksa’: program at the Fort Erie Native Friendship Centre. She accepted the position as EarlyON Coordinator, Child & Family Resource.

The Tshikeksa’: (“When I was a Child”, Oneida) EarlyON program at the Fort Erie Native Friendship Centre is unique from mainstream EarlyON programs, as the rejuvenation and continuation of Indigenous tradition is deeply valued and prioritized. Mohawk, Cayuga, and Oneida language and materials are included when planning for curriculum, events, and workshops. Special guest speakers and elders are also included in programming. Families with children are welcome to come access resources if needed, play, learn and relax in a space that is safe, secure, and culturally inclusive.

We are currently only able to offer virtual programming until further notice, but are still here to support you from home!

Check out our Facebook page for daily virtual and at-home activities! @EarlyONFENFC

“Good Morning, World”

Artwork by Paul Windsor, Haisla, Heiltsuk

The purpose of this book is to share the GOOD energy coming from all the experiences in the past, present and future. There are challenging days, but it is important to carry on, improve one’s creativity, and learn to respect ourselves and the land we share. By doing so, we can gain a fresh start and a new beginning, with  GOOD energy and a GOOD mind.

“How The Chipmunk Got His Stripes”

Written by Joseph & James Bruchac, Illustrated by Jose Aruego & Ariane Dewey

The East Coast tale of How Chipmunk Got His Stripes – a dramatic tale of excitement, and humility, paired with good, valuable morals and cautions against bragging, boasting and teasing (with both Chipmunk and Bear learning valuable and also painful lessons!)

“Good Night, World”

Multiple artists

Animals are highly respected in our culture and featured in our traditions. They are part of our stories, dances, songs, and in our dreams. Ending your day in a GOOD way is just as important as starting your day in a GOOD way.

 

 

September 12 @ 08:30
8:30 am — 9:00 am

Brittany Clause, Michaela Kills Enemy

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